Your business could make the most of a laptop with a professional image, extreme mobility, and great durability. The Take it anywhere, and make an impression once you get there. Whether you're travelling around the world or commuting between offices, at just 1. It also features a full-sized, spill-resistant design that protects the circuitry from liquids. Move data quickly between the E and other devices with USB 3.
Do a full business day's worth of work between charges. Enjoy a laptop that lasts, thanks to the durability of drop-down hinges and APS, which detects when the system is dropped and reacts by stopping the hard drive, protecting your data. Never miss a thing in web conferences with crystal-clear video and audio, face tracking and keystroke noise suppression technology.
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Everything you need to meet the demands of your business, your schoolwork, your life—reliability, power, and productivity. With that in mind, although the product is no longer available on Lenovo. Do you own this product and just want to expand your work from home or office setup? The tight hinges keep the lid firmly in position and do not rock.
Our three test devices all sport the usual interfaces found nowadays. None of the three laptops have an optical drive. All subnotebooks include at least one USB 3. The interfaces positioning of the Edge is unfavorable and they are mostly located at the front of both sides. However, this is virtually the only solution due to the laptop's compact size.
Reception was no problem. The connection remained stable in both the router's vicinity approx. Lenovo also installs a Bluetooth 4. The webcam takes blurry pictures in a resolution of up to x pixels. Besides the compulsory Kensington lock slot for securing the laptop physically, other security features are found only as software on the hard drive.
For example, passwords for various internet services can be stored in the Password Vault tool. The hard drive is protected by Active Protection System , which prevents data loss should the laptop be dropped. Only a quick start poster is found in the laptop's box. There are no other accessories included.
A bit version of Windows 8 serves as the operating system on our test device. A Windows 8 DVD is not included. A Windows 8 recovery system is installed for repairing or resetting the operating system. It is opened by pressing the F11 key while booting the laptop. Users who prefer Windows 7 can find the required drivers on Lenovo's website. Windows XP support, still important for companies today, is also made available by corresponding drivers insofar as they still exist.
Since Lenovo also offers Edge models without a Windows operating system, we also tried Linux on the laptop. We installed Ubuntu Linux Most hardware components worked immediately after installation. That included the function keys along with screen brightness control. Only the Wi-Fi module and TrackPoint refused to operate. However, we managed to get them to work. The driver can then be downloaded, installed and enabled via the menu item "Additional Drivers".
ThinkPad Extras has to be installed to activate the TrackPoint. An internet connection is needed for this. The TrackPoint worked after rebooting the system. It is possible to access the working memory, hard drive, Wi-Fi module and the BIOS battery after removing the large maintenance cover on the laptop's bottom. The user only has restricted access to the fan. The Edge E features two working memory banks. Only one was equipped with a 4 GB module in our test device.
According to the manufacturer, up to 8 GB of working memory is supported. Replacing the hard drive is no problem. Only two screws have to be removed and the drive can be taken out. The laptop can only harbor hard drives with a thickness of 7 mm. Matching solid state drives can be inserted here. Thus, the existing hard drive does not have to be removed.
Using an additional SSD as a cache would also be an option. The corresponding software is required in order to use the SSD as a cache. Lenovo's ExpressCache is such software that can be downloaded. Although the ThinkPad Edge E is not listed among the compatible laptops on Lenovo's website, the software worked without problems.
A command line tool is installed alongside ExpressCache and allows checking whether the SSD is really being used as a cache. Instructions for using the tool can also be found on the download site. The ThinkPad Edge includes a 12 month bring-in warranty. The customer has to send the laptop to Lenovo in warranty cases.
The VivoBook and TravelMate come with the same warranty service. All available warranty upgrades can be seen on Lenovo's website after entering the ThinkPad's serial number. Lenovo does not offer many options. Lenovo does not supply the Edge E with a backlit chiclet keyboard. The concave keys offer a normal-length drop and clear pressure point. The key stop also highly pleased us.
The keyboard has been designed for users who have to type a lot. The enter, back space and right shift keys' sufficient size are also good and allow accurate typing. That is noteworthy because we have seen poorer units from Lenovo. These keys are a bit too small in Lenovo's larger laptops, such as the Be or B The ThinkPad Edge features two options for mouse control. One is the ClickPad and the other is the TrackPoint.
The multi-touch ClickPad 's size of 3. Roughly 1. However, this room is reserved for the TouchStick's mouse keys. The roughened surface does not impair the fingers from gliding. The single multi-touch gestures can be turned on and off in the setup menu. The ClickPad features a short drop and a clearly audible and palpable pressure point. The mouse cursor can be moved pleasantly using the TrackPoint. The corresponding mouse keys have a medium drop and clear pressure point.
All three keys are pleasantly quiet. The ThinkPad Edge's matte Other screen models are not available. The screen's average brightness of The screens of the VivoBook The Edge E does not provide exceptional rates with a contrast of and black value of 1.
The VivoBook ; 0. We assessed the screen in its state of delivery target color space: sRGB and recorded clear DeltaE deviations in most colors DeltaE bigger than Only white remained within the target area DeltaE smaller than 5. The screen exhibits a visible bluish cast. As can be seen in the screenshot, it is difficult to see anything on the screen outdoors.
It is too bad that Lenovo installs a screen in a small, portable laptop that is barely of any use outside of buildings. The screen's viewing angle stability is middling. The image distorts quickly when the vertical viewing angle is changed. Content remains legible horizontally up to tilt of almost degrees from the sides.
However, the picture dims slightly. Lenovo provides light, portable and long-lasting The devices supply more than enough power for routine tasks like word processing, internet communication or video playback. The manufacturer provided us with our test device. We could not find this configuration in retail at the time of the review. As mentioned, models featuring a UMTS module are also available.
The Edge E Both devices scored just as well as the Edge E Our test device is powered by Intel's Core iU dual-core processor. It does not feature Turbo. It is a ULV processor. The CPU operates with a low voltage, which results in a low power consumption. Intel specifies a TDP of 17 watts. The E performed the Cinebench tests at full clock speed 1. The difference over the VivoBook is bigger than the minor clock frequency difference would let us assume 1.
The ThinkPad also clearly wins the GL tests. Again, throttling is the reason for this. The system runs quickly and smoothly. However, it sometimes takes a bit too long until the system responds to a mouse click, for example initiating software installation. We assume that the reason for this is related to the Windows installation, so the additionally installed software. We exclude the hard drive because it supplied good access rates. The scores in both PCMark benchmarks were good.
These scores could be boosted by installing a second working memory module because the working memory would operate in dual-channel mode and both the CPU and GPU would be used more efficiently. The work speed increased considerably when the installed hard drive was replaced with a solid state drive.
It has a capacity of GB and spins at revolutions per minute. CrystalDiskMark recorded a read speed of HDTune ascertained an average transfer rate of The access time of Those are overall good results that we do not see every day. Lenovo seems to completely rely on fast hard drives for its Edge E range. The hard drive in the previously reviewed Edge E model supplied good rates and the same is true for the hard drive in the Edge E The graphics core clocks with a speed ranging from to MH z and supports DirectX The ThinkPad also wins the diverse 3DMark benchmarks.
This is again due to the VivoBook's throttling issue. The 3DMark benchmark scores could also be improved by installing a second working memory module. Intel's GPU would be maxed out more effectively via the dual-channel mode. A lot more was extracted in the latest 3DMark The scores increased by The ThinkPad is not a gaming laptop alone due to its screen size.
However, users who have a bit of spare time on the go can definitely play the odd game. The array of the Core i3 processor and HD Graphics is able to render up-to-date 3D games smoothly on the screen in a low resolution and quality level. Less demanding games also still achieve smooth frame rates in the native resolution x pixels and medium quality settings. We can name FIFA 13 as an example.
Higher frame rates would be possible when a second working memory module is installed in the ThinkPad. The working memory then works in dual-channel mode and the GPU would benefit from that. We tried it. The frame rates in the game Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm increased to It looks pretty much the same in Anno Lenovo's Edge E is a laptop that works quietly in all load ranges. We measured a noise level of The fan even occasionally stopped spinning.
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